PHIL Archer may no longer be jet-setting around the globe on the European Tour – but he has lost none of his competitive edge.
The Warrington golfer came out on top to win the James Brearley Lancashire Open at Blackpool North Shore.
His winning return topped the field at eight under after back to back 67s, but he admitted he had been surprised by his success.
“I still play but it’s not as serious as competing on Tour,” said Archer, now playing out of Poulton Park.
But he hinted that a return to top level competition might be on the horizon as the senior ranks beckon.
“I don’t want to be jumping on planes these days, that’s for sure. I prefer to keep my feet on the ground,” added a player who eagled the 15th in his first round and then the par four 13th in his second.
“I’m heading towards 50 so expect I will take the game more seriously when I am battling with the older generations.”
First round leader Tim Dykes (Penrith) finished runner-up behind Archer after finishing on seven under par having set the pace with an opening eight under 63.
Gareth Davies (Abbeydale) matched his finishing mark after rounds of 67 68. Andrew Palmer (Chorley) was clear in fourth on six under with a group of players a further shot back – Garry Houston (Carden Park), Ryan O’Neil (Penwortham) and two-time European Seniors Tour winner David Shacklady (Ormskirk).